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Jul 20, 2012 5:00pm PDT
. >> reporter: another neighbor said the holmes family was nice and outstanding. >> breaks my heart. >> reporter: holmes left san diego after high school attending the university of california in river side about 90 miles north o the city. the university confirms he graduated with a neuroscience degree in 2010. holmes' mother arlene still lives in the home. holmes father robert left the home escorted by police. >> as you can understand, the holmes family is very upset about all of this. it's a tragic event and it's taken everyone by surprise. >> that was christine haas from san diego. the hours and days to come, we will be discovering a lot more about james holmes. he went to colorado and was in the process of dropping out of the neuroscience department at the university of colorado in which he enrolled in june of last year. the university would not say if any particular event led to his withdrawal. police say he bought the four weapons legally in the past three months. those weapons were used in this shooting in aurora. >> we tracked down holmes' uncle in caramel. kimber kimberly? >> reporter:
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Jul 21, 2012 11:00pm PDT
visit. >>> james holmes, the man suspected in that mass shooting in colorado, has been appointed a defense attorney. the 24-year-old is being held in a segregated cell without bond on suspicion of first degree murder in colorado. his first court date is scheduled for monday. meanwhile, the university of colorado says holmes has received federal grant money to study neuroscience. school leaders say he enrolled in the program last year but would not say why he was withdrawing. >>> holmes grew up in san diego, but spent part of his childhood in selinas. the family lived here for a few years around 1988. neighbors remember james as a quiet, nice boy who swam and played basketball with the other kids. >> he was a lot sweeter than a lot of the kids who wouldn't stop running at the pool. he played with a lot of the neighbor kids. a cute little sister. they were a simple family. >> she was a lifeguard at the pool and says she feels sorry for the family and for all of the victims of the tragedy. >>> as police and agents continue their investigation in colorado, we are beginning to learn m
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Jul 20, 2012 5:30pm PDT
of colorado, said to be a san diego native to start off with. james eagan holmes. he arrived apparently according to police after much planning. he was suited out from head to toe in tactical gear, carrying multiple weapons. imagine this. inside this state-of-the-art theater, this premiere movie, so many of the people in that theater had no other way of knowing that this wasn't somehow part of the presentation until it was clear the gas canister he fired off was real to suppress the crowd and the rounds coming from his weapons were real. our team is here assembled to cover this story. let's begin with what happened with nbc's miguel almaguer. >> 315 and 314 for a shooting at century theaters. >> reporter: the emergency calls flooded in as hundreds rushed out. >> i have people running out of the theater that have been shot. >> reporter: the victims soaked in blood, some carried out by family and friends. police say the gunman, 24-year-old neuro science graduate student james holmes wore body armor and was armed with an assault rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and two glock hand guns. minutes in
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Jul 22, 2012 7:00am PDT
. this is a picture of the movie theater in aurora. police say suspect james holmes had been planning it by month. he had been receiving deliveries by mail and rigged his apartment with bombs. 12 people died in the shooting, nearly 60 others are injured. officials say they believe holmes acted alone although they're interviewing people who may have been associated with him. vechts are still stumped over the motive. president barack obama will visit victims of the shootings in aurora today. we are gathering details the innocent victims who were killed. jay gray has their stories. >> reporter: president obama will travel to colorado later today to visit with the families of the victims of the massacre and this evening a citywide memorial service as stack of flowers and candles outside the theater continues to grow, honoring the injured and fallen. among the dead, alex sullivan, celebrating his 27th birthday at the movie. today would have been his first wedding an versety. jessica ghawi, a.b. boit, my kayka micayla medek. >> an outstanding ship mate, a valued member of our team, and extremely dedicated
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Jul 20, 2012 6:00pm PDT
>> reporter: the gunman identified by investigators, 24-year-old james holmes fired into the air and then he fired his weapon into the crowd. >> there's gunshots and there's women and children screaming and it was really terrifying. >> reporter: when the chaos and killing ended, at least 12 people were dead, 59 injured. >> most of the injuries were gunshot wounds and they appeared to be certainly high caliber. >> reporter: police say holmes was armed with an assault rifle shotgun, he was found at the rear of the theater and apparently gave up without a fight. telling investigators that his apartment was booby-trapped. as the investigation continues, holmes' family in san diego has released a written statement which says in part, our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the family and friends of those involved. the faces of those lost in the shooting are now coming to light. people like jessica ghawi, an aspiring sportscaster, who had recently moved from san antonio to denver. so many struggling, like investigators here to understand how and why it happe
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Jul 21, 2012 5:00pm PDT
, but we are learning more about the suspect. police say james holmes had taken months to prepare his killing spree. >> we've become aware that our suspect over the last four months had a high volume of delive deliveries, commercial deliveries of packages to both his work and home address. >> reporter: those deliveries is how police believe he got so much ammunition and allegedly set his apartment with so many booby traps. >> it brings another element to what was experienced at the theater. >> reporter: local, state, and federal agencies attempting to not only enter but to save as much evidence as possible not to be blown to pieces. >> we're cautious about how we deal with things and take things out and make sure they're handled in the best manner for our investigation. >> reporter: aurora police kept surrounding apartment buildings empty and closed off nearby streets just before they detonated what the they believe was an incendiary device and it happened like this. luckily no fire. no other explosion. >> the threat has not been completely eliminated. it has been significant reduced.
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Jul 21, 2012 6:00pm PDT
in the same complex as holmes could be allowed to return tomorrow. jay gray, nbc news, aurora, colorado. >>> two girls from the bay area were inside the colorado movie theater when the shooting happened and one of their friends was hit. kimberly terry spoke with them and has more on their terrifying experience. they really are traumatized, kim. >> reporter: absolutely. they're still in aurora, choosing to stay there for a convention, december pit this whole shooting. they say it helps to be around friends who have the same experience and also to be there for their friend as he recovers. here's more on what happened in their words. >> they were packing the theaters tight, which i remember thinking this is insane. if there's a fire, we're not going to be able to get out. >> reporter: the two were sitting with ten other friends close to the wall separating their theater from the one the shooter opened fire in. it was about 20 minutes into the movie when -- >> we heard kind of a hissing sound and then there was kind of a boom and smoke. there was like a whole bunch of popping sounds and all
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Jul 20, 2012 11:00pm PDT
-year-old james holmes. he was dressed in full body armor when he burst through an exit door during a midnight debut of "dark night rises" in aurora, colorado. he was arld with an assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols. all of the weapons purchased legally. he also ordered more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition through the internet. the ammunition, also ordered legally. we have live team coverage tonight from the bay area to colorado. let's begin with nbc bay area. the connection to california. >> very strong connections to california. we've learn he grew up in salinas before moving to san diego. by all accounts he was smart, pursuing a ph.d.. recently he dropped out of school and now he is suspected of mass murder reportedly dressed up as joker as he shot dozens of people. >> nine george 2. >> reporter: nearly 24 hours after the real life nightmare began to play out, this face continues to haunt people across the nation. it is a face that is very familiar to people here in california. the suspect, 24-year-old james holmes, grew up in a middle class suburb of san diego. high school
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Jul 21, 2012 7:00am PDT
. 24-year-old james holmes kicked open the theater's back door, tossed in smoke devices and came in shooting. he was dressed in black, wearing a gas mask, armed with four guns. ten were killed at the scene. two died later. steven burton is among the 58 injured. >> at the time i thought it was still fireworks. then i got hit and i realized it was something much more serious. people started creaming. there was a lot of chaos. >> at that moment i just remember thinking i'm not going to die in here. me and my kids are not going to die in here. i need to get out. all i could think is if i stand up he's going to shoot. i was trying to think. >> a few miles away, the suspect's apartment described by aurora officials as extensively booby trapped continues to be a focus of the investigation. with help of a robot, officials are working on a plan to disarm what appears to be bottles connected to wires. colorado's governor is among those struggling to understand why this happened. >> the whole country recognizes that this is something we don't accept, we can't explain at this point. but we'r
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Jul 23, 2012 6:00am PDT
a court appearance 18 few hours. we're learning more about james holmes including something police found in his apartment overnight. marla tellez is live here to explain. good morning. >> reporter: jon, good morning. this morning is the first tomb we could get our first look at james holmes since he shot and killed 12 people and injured 58 more in the movie theater shooting in aurora, colorado. investigators say after they finished clearing out his home of all of those booby traps, they found a batman mask. we learned the former graduate student start buying guns at denver area stores almost two months ago, he did so legally in person and on line, also purchasing 6,000 rounds of ammunition. some of these weapons he used on friday turned the new premier into an historic massacre. holmes is in solitary confinement where authorities say he is not cooperating. he has been assigned a public defender, expected to face 70 charges, one for every person he shot and could face counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations. holmes appearance may take months but the police chief is confident t
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Jul 5, 2012 4:00am PDT
holmes orchestrated her split from tom cruise. >>> nash finds a home in hollywood, a wild day in nhl free agency, and you think you ate a lot of hot dogs yesterday? think again. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. a house report obtained by the "associated press" finds that countrywide financial got around the law and influenced members of congress. six current and former members of the house and senate who received discounted loans include both democrats and republicans. >>> in new york a 30-foot yacht capsized off the coast of long isla island. bodies of three children were recovered. 23 others were pulled to safety. police are investigating whether high waves and heavy boat traffic played a factor. >>> palestinian officials have agreed to exhume the body of former president yasser arafat because of suspicions that he was poisoned. a radioactive agent was found on arafat's clothing following his death in november 2004. >>> scientists at the large hadron collider in switze
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Jul 23, 2012 4:30am PDT
shooting in american history. >> his name is 24-year-old james holmes. he will make his first court appearance today, three days after allegedly killing 12 people, wounding nearly 60 more in a colorado movie theater. leanne gregg has the latest from aurora. >> reporter: the suspect's legal team is expected to go in the theater later today to look at bullet holes and what's left of the carnage, part of the process of putting together a defense. while a city mourns. ♪ more than 10,000 people gathered in unity to honor the victims. >> millions of people are with us, and helping to share our burden of grief at this moment. >> reporter: a sunday vigil to help heal, in all, 12 are among the dead. a 6-year-old girl, a navy sailor, an air force reservist and two young men who died shielding their girlfriends from bullets. fathers, sons, daughters, each with lives cut short. the president addressed a grieving community and talked privately with families of the victims. >> my main task was to serve as a representative of the entire country and let them know that we are thinking about them a
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Jul 23, 2012 5:30pm PDT
's history. >> call people vs. james holmes. >> reporter: his appearance was bizarre, disengaged, unsettling. the pink/orange hair atop the prison jump suit, lethargic movements, jes holmes looking no one in the eye when his eyes were open and reacting in no visible way when the judge told him why he was being held without bond. >> the duty judge made a preliminary determination of probable cause to believe you committed the offense of first-degree murder. >> reporter: a death penalty case though the decision to seek death will only be made after prosecutors hear the victims' families want it. >> victims will be impacted by that decision in an enormous way for years if the death penalty is sought. >> reporter: this was a brief, procedural hearing, a gag order limiting the release of information about the case and the reading of the defendant's rights to holmes, himself. >> you have a right to remain silent. >> reporter: the investigation of holmes accelerated saturday when his booby trapped apartment was defused by a controlled detonation. before that, a robotic camera had recorded what was
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Jul 28, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. his lawyers revealing james holmes was seeing a psychiatrist, even as police say he was plotting to commit mass murder. our report tonight from nbc's mike taibbi. >> reporter: they're being laid to rest. rebecca, a local mother of two in her own hometown. >> rebecca was full of life and light. >> reporter: matt mcquinn buried in ohio, john larry more iowa. jonathan blunk to be buried in reno. jessica ghawi in san antonio. >> you don't know how long you have here ro. >> reporter: these are days spent healing. >> i was holding on to my neck. to staunch the bleeding. >> reporter: and reflecting on what brought them to this theater at just the wrong time. a theater whose owners are now offering to pay funeral expenses for those killed. for barton and boyhood pal, it was a bicycle trip to discover america. 3,000 miles so far east to west, stopping on day 44 for just one day in aurora. movie tickets for themselves and a local pal, and then madness. >> what happened kind of is the worst part, you know, of humanity. >> reporter: as for the suspect, james holmes, his lawyer revealed he ha
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Jul 20, 2012 5:00am PDT
for the shooting is 25-year-old james holmes. they have released his name on that. updating you again, 12 people are dead, 50 people reported injured. we'll continue to cover this story as information comes in but a very, very scary scene at the screening of the batman movie. >> we have marla tellez following developments. it's 5:12. certainly in a tough economy experts say small businesses are the key to an economic turnaround. statistics show they provide jobs for more than half of the nation's work force. because of that, the federal government yearly sets aside billions of tax dollars to help small businesses survive. >> our team found huge companies getting millions of dollars meant for small businesses. one of our lead reporters has more on what he found. >> we discovered hundreds of millions of your tax dollars meant for small businesses instead going to huge corporations including dozens of big companies right here in silicon valley. it's a huge pot of cash, up to $422 billion of federal contracts, set aside last year alone. meant to give small businesses a shot at servicing one of the l
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Jul 20, 2012 9:00pm PDT
is in custody. he's been identified as 24-year-old james eagan holmes. he lived in this apartment building and tonight police are still searching there for explosives. aurora police chief daniel oates. >> and our investigation determined that his apartment is booby trapped with various incendiary devices and apparent trip wires. >> reporter: until recently, james holmes attended graduate school at the university of colorado denver where he was studying psychiatric and neurological disorders. he spent his high school years in a well to do neighborhood of san diego, where neighbors said he was quiet and kept to himself. from 2006 to 2010, holmes attended the university of california riverside, chancellor timothy white says holmes graduated with the highest honors with a degree in neuroscience. >> he had a merit-based scholarship while he was here. and then he moved on to colorado for graduate work. >> reporter: so far, police are not releasing anything about a motive. but they say it seems holmes acted alone. >> however, we will do a thorough investigation to be absolutely sure that is the c
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Jul 20, 2012 11:00am PDT
sight was unknowable. the search really will go on now to find out who in fact james holmes was. this is an incredible puzzle. lots of pieces that need to be put together here. of course all of the resources of nbc news are on the scene right now and we'll make sure that if there is any breaking news about this, we'll get it to you right away. we'll have continuing coverage of course on msnbc, nbcnews.com and tonight brian williams will be reporting live from aurora colorado on "nbc nightly news" and ann curry will anchor a special edition of "dateline" live at 9:00 eastern, 8:00 central. i'm harry smith. nbc news, new york. >>> a guy walks in dressed all in black, helmet, dwas mgas mas black armor. >> take a very close look. this is the first picture we're getting of 24-year-old james holmes, the man police say opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in aurora, colorado, killing at least 12 people, injuring as many as 59 others. witnesses say he looked like an assassin who was, quote, ready to go to war. armed with several guns, tear gas and a gas mask, others are telling po
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Jul 3, 2012 4:00am PDT
are straight ahead. >>> plus, the latest on the big break-up of tom cruise and katie holmes. >>> the nets make a huge trade, and deja vu for the pirates. you're watching "early today." >>> well, good morning and >>> well, good morning and welcome back to "early tod." i'm veronica de la cruz. here are some of your top headlines this morning. the arab league is calling on exxon syrian opposition figures to unite as another 85 soldiers including a general and 14 other officers defected across the boarder to turkey. and syrian president bashar al assad says he regrets the shooting down of a turkish plane but will not allow tension with turkey to turn into open warfare. >>> two boys in england managed to get past security and tried to grab the olympic flame as it was being carried by torch bearers in coventry yesterday. police were able to intervene and escort them away. >>> and in london, the gold, silver, and bronze medals for the olympic games have been taken to the tower of london for safekeeping. the tower has been used for over 600 years to store england's crowned jewels, and it will hold the
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Jul 10, 2012 4:00am PDT
. >>> plus, they may have a prenup over money, but on all other issues, katie holmes has apparently muscled an overwhelming divorce settlement victory over tom cruise. >>> coming up, prince is king of the home run derby, and the bronx cheer for a yankee slugger. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. russia's foreign minister met in moscow with syrian opposition leaders. russia promised not to sign new weapons contracts with syria or deliver arms that had been ordered until the syrian crisis is resolved. >>> government regulators say more than $200 million in customer funds appear to be missing from the accounts of u.s. futures broker pfg best. the company's founder tried to commit suicide outside its headquarters in cedar falls, iowa. >>> a federal judge tossed out cyclist lance armstrong's lawsuit aimed at blocking the u.s. anti-doping agency from moving ahead with charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs. the judge said armstrong seemed more interested in whipping up
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Jul 21, 2012 5:30pm PDT
be hidden in the apartment. part of the james holmes mystery is becoming clear. how a clean-cut kid everyone called jimmy changed into a man with pink died hair was seen fitting a scope to an assault rival on an assault rifle weeks ago. william mckee was in the store. >> i had a feeling a guy like that shouldn't be buying that kind of a gun. he had a weird look about him. >> they found the apartment was booby-trapped as he had reportedly warned it was. a controlled detonation defeated the first of those triggers. triggers that could well have delivered even more tragedy beyond the unspeak al mayhem miles away. >> it was clearly set up to kill that person. >> reporter: as the day wore on, it was clear there was much to be done before investigators could safely enter the apartment. >> we saw containers with accelerants and triggers wires and fuses. >> what changed james holmes? or changed for him? he had always been a gifted student and a soccer player, a teammate remembered hip. >> he was reserved, kept to himself, but at the same time he was a nice kid, very smart and quiet. >> but it was ac
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Jul 25, 2012 5:30pm PDT
james holmes mailed the package here to the university of colorado medical center in aurora. the package is said to contain details writings about, quote, killing people. >> it's an important factor in assessing whether or not he was acting deliberately planning this and thoughtfully, one step after the next. >> reporter: investigators, who continue to search holmes apartment for clues, recovered the package in the mail room at the university monday. within hours of its delivery hazmat teams evacuated the building as they removed the suspicious package. it was addressed to a professor at the university. >> people versus james holmes. >> reporter: holmes, who appeared in court monday, is in solitary confinement, where according to police officials he remains uncooperative. in washington today, the director of the counter-terrorism center told the house committee they believe holmes acted alone. >> while there's no suggestion that the shooting last week in colorado was connected to international terrorism, the attack is a tragic reminder that a lone, calculating shooter can inflict devasta
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Jul 22, 2012 11:00pm PDT
appearance tomorrow. tonight, police say james holmes is still not talking. meanwhile, investigators have finished collecting evidence from his apartment. the neighbors are not being allowed back in just yet. after leaving colorado, air force one touched down at san francisco international airport at about 8:00 tonight. this was an unscheduled visit, so there was no vip reception. the president immediately got in his vehicle and headed to the bay area. arturo santiago has more on the very emotional day. >> reporter: well, diane, the president was about an hour late arriving at san francisco international, because he was an hour late leaving colorado, where he had spent an emotional afternoon with some of the victims of the mass shooting in aurora, colorado. he met with them in private, and was told stories of an incredible survival. he told them that his visit was not so much as a president of the united states, but as a husband and father. but he did talk of the nation. >> this person has received a lot of attention over the last couple of days, that attention will fade away. and in the
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Jul 21, 2012 5:00am PDT
as friends and family of the alleged shooter james holmes ask how could he do such a thing? and as they search for clues in one of the nation's worst ever mass shootings, authorities are carefully trying to enter his booby trapped apartment today, saturday, july 21st, 2012. >>> and welcome to a special edition of "today" on this saturday morning. good morning, i'm savannah guthrie in aurora, colorado. lester is on assignment today in london. jenna wolf is back in studio 1-a. good morning. >> good morning. it's been more than 24 hours since the shooting. can you tell it's a little bit about what the mood is like over there? >> jenna, this is a town that is in shared heartbreak. people are just so stunned that another mass shooting could happen in the denver area. of course, just 13 years after the shooting at nearby columbine high school which is only about 15 miles from where we are right now. want to bring you up to date on what we know this morning. 12 people have been killed, 58 injured. 11 of the victims are in critical condition at this hour. the gunman has been identi
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Jul 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
in colorado returning to court. james holmes will be charged with more than 100 counts including 12 counts of first-degree murder. we'll go live to colorado for the special preparations made for the court appearance. >> a milestone in the construction of the new 49ers stadium in the south bay. the first steel beams will be put in place. the stadium expected to open in the fall of 2014. >> a pair of tech titans squaring off in federal court in san jose. apple suing samsung electronics claiming the south korea company copied design elements of the iphone and ipad. >> stuck 150 feet in the air for two hours. a dozen people eager to experience the superman ride. christie smith is live. what's next for the newest attraction at the park? good morning. >> reporter: good morning. what a day for riders who came out to enjoy the park's newest roller coaster. you can see it, the highest part of the ride 150 feet in the air. the park on the website, they say they open about 10:30 this morning but when the superman ultimate flight ride will reopen is unclear according to a six flags spokesperson. it wo
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Jul 23, 2012 5:00pm PDT
first look at suspected shooter james holmes. he made his initial court appearance this morning. for the first time, we see the orange hair and that disconnected gaze. jay gray is in centennial, colorado, where we got more from the suspect's family. they issued a statement. >> reporter: yeah, they did. basically saying that while they're standing by their son at this point, that they feel for the victims of this. their hearts go out to them but also that they won't discuss their son or the relationship between the parents and son. they've made it clear they don't want to talk as this legal process unfolds. in a courtroom today it was packed in that courtroom. among that crowd we had not only family members of victim but others with a box of tissue by their side as they along with the world heard for the first time the man police say, or saw the man police say is responsible for changing not only their lives but this entire community forever. >> you have the right to be represented by an attorney. >> reporter: these are the public images of james holmes since the attack, the pict
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Jul 24, 2012 4:00am PDT
wild-eyed and seemingly on edge, james holmes sat before a judge, first time he's been seen publicly since his arrest. >> reporter: the face of evil for so many watching, family members of some of the victims. >> he does look fairly -- seems like demonic or something like that. >> reporter: his hair dyed bright red and pink, fitting the description from reports that he told police he was the joker just after the massacre, holmes was disengaged during the hearing, looking at times like he was struggling to stay awake. formal charges in the case will come next monday. prosecutors say a decision about the death penalty is still months away and that they'll discuss the issue with survivors and families of the victims. >> that's a very long process that impacts their lives for years, and so they will want to have and we will want to get their input before we make any kind of a decision on that. >> reporter: at least the legal process has started. aurora's mayor says his shattered community must now figure out how to work through the tragedy emotionally. >> we've got to try to find a way t
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Jul 24, 2012 5:30pm PDT
first look at the suspect, james holmes, the unsettling sight of the man accused of one of the worst gun massacres in u.s. history. well, tonight we've learned much more about how he lived, where he lived, and how it was he purchased an arsenal. we also learned today that gun sales are spiking in colorado in the aftermath of this shooting. while far to the east in washington today, the house of representatives stood still for a time. a moment of silence for the victims in colorado. one member of congress from colorado said, since she's been in congress, there have been 23 moments of silence for various victims of gun violence. she asked how many more there need to be until something is done. we begin our reporting tonight with nbc's mike taibbi in centennial, colorado. mike, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. it has happened in other cities where there have been horrible episodes of gun violence. gun sales and permit applications are soaring now. and also today, some questions. how did james holmes pay for the arsenal police say he put together in the months before the massa
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Jul 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
: there was no camera in the courtroom today just a sketch artist but 24-year-old suspect james holmes so dazed and unengaged last week was alert and attentive as the judge told him he faced 142 separate felony charges. that includes two death penalty counts, one for first-degree murder after deliberation and a second for murder with extreme indifference for each of the 12 victims killed. >> these are two alternative ways of getting a first-degree murder guilty verdict. >> reporter: but some victims' relatives are already saying they don't want the death penalty. mary ellen hanson's niece ashley moser, still hospitalized, suffered a miscarriage saturday and is the mother of 6-year-old veronica moser sullivan the youngest victim killed. >> i do believe he should be probably just locked away and live with what he did every day of his life. >> reporter: unanswered in court questions involving university of colorado psychiatrist dr. lynn fenton. holmes, a former ph.d student there, was a psychiatric patient of dr. fenton who in 2005 was disciplined by a state medical board for inappropriately dispe
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Jul 8, 2012 7:00pm PDT
holmes versus tom cruise. what's behind it? >> so there's really almost a third person in that marrie? the third person being the church? >> absolutely. >> the church. >> i really like it. and i think it's really wonderful. >> or something else? josh menkowicz with inside details. >> that's something that tom cruise has never, ever encountered before. >> on the movie marriage that's gone way off script. >>> also tonight, they were at the end of their rope. something was wrong with their son. >> my child was broken. i just wanted it fixed. >> and when he was six, this was the fix. joey became josie. >> did you feel like you were trapped in the wrong body? >> yeah. >> how old do you think you were when you started feeling like that. >> always. i always knew. >> a transgender child. can it really happen to someone this young? >> you're talking about giving you hormones and doing blockers and all that kind of stuff. is that something that you want to do? >> yes. >> and are these parents doing the right thing? >> most people feel like you ought to wait until a child is much older. >> hoda
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Jul 20, 2012 6:00am PDT
. i saw holes in the walls. >> the investigation is currently centering around holmes' apartment in north aurora not far from the shooting scene. this is where he told police he may have more explosives. fbi agents are on scene. s.w.a.t. teams have the complex surrounded, that has since been evacuated as they cautiously search his apartment for more explosives. i'm staying on this story. i should mention that president obama was alerted to this mass shooting in the last couple hours. he released a statement, he says that he is shocked and saddened by the latest colorado shooting. >> as we all are. it's horrible. thank you very much for the latest. information continues to unfold and of course keep it tuned to nbc bay area and nbcbayarea.com all morning long and all day for the latest updates as they become available. >> happening now, san jose police on the scene of a home invasion in the east foothills of the city. officers telling us a man broke into a home and shot one of the residents in the arm. no word on suspects in this case or information yet on how seriously the residen
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Jul 22, 2012 6:00am PDT
of james holmes, the investigation is pressing forward. the fbi and atf and local police are looking into the apartment and they have been in contact who have called a special tip line with information about the suspect. all of that will help explain the how of the horrific story, but not yet to why. part of the james holmes mystery is coming clear. how a clean-cut middle class kid people called jimmy turned into a sullen man with a scope on an assault rifle three weeks ago. >> i shouldn't feel he should have that type of gun. >> reporter: the officials found that the apartment was booby trapped as he told them it was and they used a controlled detonation to release the trip wires that could have killed anyone entering. now fbi agents could go in and trucking away a cache of weapons that were safely detonated. dozens of people evacuated from the adjacent buildings now returning home. >> we found multiple containers with accelerants. this was designed to kill whoever entered it. >> reporter: what changed james holmes? he was a scholarship student from the university of california rive
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Jul 23, 2012 11:00am PDT
of the worst mass shootings in u.s. history. in just the past few hours, 24-year-old james holmes appearing in a colorado courtroom looking dazed and confused and also just staring out into space. the 15-minute proceeding was to advise him of charges including murdering 12 people and injuring nearly 60 others. we will be having more of this court appearance coming up in just a few moments from right now. >>> but first the president visiting the bay area once again. >> yes. the president is scheduled to leave sfo in about 25 minutes from now. his motorcade in route as he speak. we have live team coverage for you. nbc bay area's mike inouye is monitoring the traffic situation, any backups. first we go to christie smith live at sfo. christie, a very hectic day for the president. he'll actually return to the bay area in just a couple of hours, huh? >> reporter: yeah. it is a different kind of schedule. you know, we've gone through all the security this morning, and now it's just the media out here at sfo. we are waiting for president obama to arrive at air force one. we're told that he already
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Jul 30, 2012 5:00am PDT
himself in. the boyfriend juan manuel salazar jr. >> james holmes will hear a formal reading of the charges. holmes is accused of killing 12, wounding 58 during a midnight screening of the new batman film. the 24-year-old appeared dazed and confused in a last appearance last week. the district attorney says she wants to talk with victims' families before making a decision whether to seek the death penalty. >> if the death penalty is sought that's a very long process. that impacts their lives. for years. and so they will want to have and we'll want to get their input before we make any kind of a decision on that. >> holmes could face more than 100 charges including 12 counts of first-degree murder. >> to a developing story. a brand new ride at six flags vallejo is off limits. this just opened up recently. a dozen were stranded on the superman ultimate flight 150 feet up in the air. they were there for nearly two hours on sunday. christie smith is live in vallejo. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. what a day for people who wanted to come out to six flags and catch a ride
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Jul 30, 2012 4:00pm PDT
-year-old james holmes appeared in a denver courtroom to hear the charges against him. observers say he appeared far more aware and alert of what was going on than his first court appearance. he's accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 but is being charged twice for each victim. 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. the maximum under colorado law. if found guilty on all charges, holmes could face the death penalty. swreel much more on today's developments including the victims who showed up for today's hearing in 30 minutes. >>> jury selection also began today between apple and samsung, a $2.5 billion lawsuit that could change the smart phone industry. several hundred potential jurors filed into the courthouse in san jose today. the judge addressing them saying, quote, this will be an interesting case. a patent expert says it will test the boundaries that cover design and the look and final of a product. >>> california's high speed rail could one day whisk you from the bay area to las vegas. private developers are gambling on a plan to build a second bullet train
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Jul 22, 2012 5:00pm PDT
sunday services as they struggle to try around understand the killing spree and 24-year-old james holmes, the man police say is responsible. >> the source of the evil that took the lives -- >> memorials are growing across this shattered city. >> right here. >> so many searching for some way to honor the injured and remember the fallen. >> you can't believe something like this happened in my community. we needed to pay our respect. i just feel awful. >> reporter: there is little blunt can do right now. forced to tell their young children, that their dad, john killed in the rampage will come never come. >> my son has his exact blue eyes. when i look at his smile -- when i see her smile, i see him. >> annie dalton must deal with the fact that she will never see her great niece again. 6-year-old veronica moser died in the theater and her mother paralyzed with gunshot wounds. >> her whole life is changed in a flash, for what? >> reporter: police and federal agents continue to try and figure out how and why. investigators have finished gathering and processing evidence inside holmes' apartment
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Jul 30, 2012 5:00pm PDT
something unusual. jaenls holmes is accused of killing 12 people in an aurora theater. today prosecutors charged him with 24 counts of murder, two for each victim. one count for premeditated murder, the other for extreme indifference to life. cameras were not allowed in the courtroom for today's hearing. what you're seeing is the original hearing. some shooting victims and dozens of family members were there. they say holmes' demeanor was different from his first court appearance. >> when we've seen him before, he looked like he was kind of spaced out or out of touch. he looked very, very alert today and very lucid as to what was going on. >> holmes said just one word out loud in the courtroom today. he answered yes when the judge asked if he wanted to waive his right to a preliminary hearing within 35 days. >>> new tonight at 5:00, oakland police are hoping a photo will help someone identify a suspect in a recent homicide. investigators just released this photo of a wallet they say is similar to the victims. the wallet is very distinctive and has a picture of a 1000 peso note on it. the
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Jul 23, 2012 5:00am PDT
. holmes is currently in solitary confinement at a county detention facility where he is not cooperating. he has been assigned a public defender. he will be advised of his rights and the judge is expected to set a date for the formal filing of charges. he is expected to face at least 70 charges, one for every person he shot and he could face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations. holmes' first court appearance part of what could take months. >> we will convict. yes. >> a big issue is whether the prosecutor will seek the death penalty. the defense will likely argue whether holmes is mentally competent. his legal team is expected to go inside the century 16 movie theater today to look at what's left to help put together a defense. holmes is expected in court at 8:30 this morning. >> so many watching that. grief, anguish, anger for friends and family of the 12 people killed at that theater. this morning we're getting a first look at some of those whose lives were taken far too soon. many of the victims died as they saved others. matt quinn took a bullet shielding hi
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Jul 22, 2012 7:00pm PDT
. >> some shouting now. >> james holmes' apartment, we know he had loud music playing. we've heard maybe it was on a timer set to play around midnight. the question i have, is did he start playing loud techno music to draw a cop call and therefore set off all the booby traps there were laid out? >> i understand the theory, but we can't possibly know what he intended to do right now. i've been told by the bomb experts that had someone opened the door, it would have triggered the device and would have killed or severely injured who opened the door and would have started a very big fire. that would have been a big challenge for our fire department. >> if that happened before the theater incident, that could have diverted a lot of your resources? >> potentially, yes. two simultaneous crises at once. >> this area has been through three major shootings in the last 13 years. >> this law enforcement community and the larger community, was shaped by columbine in a way that i'm not sure people realize around the rest of the country. we practice and practice and practice for active shooter situatio
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Jul 9, 2012 5:30pm PDT
that it's over. just days after they split, tom cruise and katie holmes among the most watched celebrity couples in this country announced today they've settled their case. they're walking away. they've formally agreed to end their five-year marriage. our report tonight from nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: the end of the marriage came as quickly as it started. >> have you ever felt this way before? >> reporter: tom cruise who once jumped on oprah's couch to announce his whirlwind romance today issued a joint statement with katie holmes asking for privacy and expressing respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs. >> i think when they make reference to each of our respective beliefs, they're really talking about scientology and the fact that katie was never very much onboard with tom's religion. >> reporter: cruise the world's most famous member of the controversial church of scientology. holmes was raised catholic and portrayed in the tabloids as a woman trapped in a controlling marriage. today she was spotted taking 6-year-old daughter suri to a museum and
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Jul 23, 2012 11:00pm PDT
than $6 million for the president's campaign coffers. >>> james holmes, the man accused of the mass theater shooting in colorado made his first court appearance today. the hearing gave victims' families their first chance to see holmes in person. with that orange/red hair. during his court appearance, the 24-year-old looked dazed, unfocused and even unclear of what was happening around him. jay gray is at the courthouse tonight with more on his appearance and reaction from some of the victims. it must have been so disturbing for the families to sit there and see him. >> reporter: yeah, jessica. very tough for those families and so many of the victims. some of the injured in the courtroom today along with victims, advocates. they say they were drawn into the courtroom because they felt like they had to see james holmholm holmes face to face. >> you have a right to remain silent. >> reporter: at times seem league on edge, james holmes sat before a judge today. the first time he's been seen publicly since his arrest. the face of evil for so many watching today, including family members
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Jul 24, 2012 4:30am PDT
. >> the legal process is under way in the wake of one of the worst mass murders in u.s. history. james holmes accused in the movie theater shooting in aurora, colorado leaving 12 dead and close to 60 injured. the initial court appearance was yesterday. leanne gregg is outside the theater with the latest. >> reporter: the makeshift memorial keeps growing across from the theater, a day after a brief hearing to read 24-year-old james holmes his rights. the accused mass murderer seemed dazed, never looking any one in the face, as family members of some of the victims sat nearby. >> he does look fairly seems like demonic or something like that. his eyes are just crazy, kind of crazy looking, you know. just something wrong with that man. >> reporter: holmes, once a top neuroscience student recently dropped out of grad school. police say he spent thousands on weapons and ammunition, dressed up like a villainous batman character and opened fire in this aurora, colorado theater. ten were dead in the theater. two died later. among them jessica ghawi. her friends called from the theater. >> awakened by
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Jul 8, 2012 4:00am PDT
the role the church of scientology played in tom cruise and katie holmes' courtship and marriage. >>> and terrifying plunge. an acrobat slips and falls while attempting a daring high wire walk. but don't worry, as bad as it looks, he's doing fine today. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. the whole practice makes perfect doesn't apply when you're high wiring across large -- >> i was just saying that we don't have a net for what we do. >> which in many ways is exactly the same thing. >> the same thing. >> we're talking about the heat wave this morning. it's been brutal over the last couple of weeks, in some places even deadly, being blamed for 61 deaths. >> finally it is set to break in many places starting today. if you live out west, look out. we'll tell you more about that in a moment with the forecast. >>> then, is your computer a ticking time bomb? thousands of people might not be able to get on the internet starting tomorrow because of a virus lurking in the com
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Jul 20, 2012 7:00am PDT
-year-old james holmes was arrested at the scene without resisting. he lives in aurora. investigators are searching his apartment at this hour, looking for explosives because he told them that he might have explosives in his home and his car. police are expected to hold a news conference a little later this morning. but so far, aurora's police chief says there is no evidence of any additional shooters, and the fbi says there's no indication the incident is tied to any terrorist organization. >> we've talked to a lot of witnesses this morning who have designed an absolutely terrifying scene. a man who was at the front right of the theater came in right near the right-hand part of the screen, fired something into the air, and then opened fire on the crowd. according to investigators and our own pete williams, he was heavily armed with at least four weapons on him in addition to the tear gas, he was wearing a gas mask, dressed in all black and appeared to have a bulletproof vest. >> a lot of questions because according to just about every eyewitness, he came in through an emergency exit.
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Jul 23, 2012 7:00am PDT
morning. the suspect, 24-year-old james holmes, has been in solitary confinement since his arrest on friday. i'll he'll be in court later on this afternoon. police say he is the man responsible for the massacre and ripping apart the city. they gathered by the thousands, prayed for the survivors, and shed tears for the victims. >> we will remember you. we will honor you by celebrating life. >> reporter: candles were lit for the 58 who were injured. >> we will remember. >> reporter: the names read of the 12 who died with a vow to never forget. >> this is our community. this is our city. you only find hope and peace here. >> reporter: sunday the president arrived in colorado meeting with the family of the victims, the president heard many firsthand accounts and then told the story of two young women he met, stephanie davies who helped save the life of her friend ali young who had been shot in the neck. >> stephanie, 21 years old, had the presence of mind to drop down on the ground with her, pull her out of the aisle, place her fingers over where she -- where allie had been wounded, a
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Jul 15, 2012 5:30pm PDT
and screen has died. celeste holm won an oscar for her supporting role in the 1946 classic "gentleman's agreement." she later received two more nominations, one for her role as bette davis' best friend in "all about eve" and soared to fame in the original production of "oklahom" celeste holm passed away in her apartment in new york. she was 95 years old. >>> when we come back the nationwide search for the new benji. ♪ you're wonderful in pictures ♪ you're wonderful to see >>> finally tonight, if you wait long enough, eventually everything old is new again. nowhere is that more true than at the movies. the latest old favorite headed for the remake machine is the 1974 classic "benji" and that has set off a nationwide search to find a four-legged star. we get the story tonight from nbc's mike taibbi. >> reporter: brendan camp is looking for a friend. >> look at that face. >> reporter: not his best friend but the one movie goers everywhere will fall in love with, the next benji. >> at the end of the day it is like love at first sight. >> reporter: it was there four decades ago when hi
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Jul 16, 2012 4:00am PDT
." >> i don't know. >> not after these shenanigans. "us weekly" reports katie holmes has enrolled tz suri in an all girls school. she fell in love with a cute puppy in a manhattan pet store. holmes was forced to say no to her daughter. most mothers aren't followed by paparazzi. suri stormed out of the store bursting into tears. at some point that will be you. >> yeah. 16 to in some cases 20-year commitment depending on what kind of breed you're getting. >> but they're so worth it. >> the kids say they'll take care of it, they never do. >> they never do. that's the trick. >>> this comes to us from kte, channel 2 news in anchorage, alaska. the long-time mayor took power away from the people. they think he is purrfect for the job. he has held the top spot for 15 years. he's a cat. he won a write-in vote in a place with less than 900 residents. he's also a hit among tourists. through it all he has remained one cool cat who made it in politics without having to claw his way to the top. >>> i'm veronica de la cruz. this is your early look at today, just your first stop on your nbc station. >>>
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Jul 23, 2012 4:00am PDT
and will continue to think about them each and every day. >> reporter: the suspect, 24-year-old james holmes, today will be adviseded of his rights and the judge will set a date for the formal filing of charges. the start of a legal process that may take months. >> we will convict him. yes. >> reporter: at issue, whether the prosecutor will seek the death penalty. the defense will likely argue whether holmes is mentally competent. while the city is forever changed. evidence will include what w found inside the suspect's apartment. explosive devices that were meant to kill were removed yesterday. so today officials say they may allow residents to return to that building. veronica? >> lee anne gregg, thank you so much. >>> poverty in america is reportedly increasing to levels not seen in the last 50 years. u.s. census data for 2011 to be released during the fall peak of the presidential campaign is expected to show official poverty rising to the highest point, 15.7%, the high est rate since 1965, erasing gains from the war on poverty that created medicaid, medicare and other social welfare programs.
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Jul 25, 2012 4:00am PDT
james holmes sits in solitary confinement this morning, relatives of those killed in last friday's theater massacre have begun the grim task of planning their funerals with the first one being held today. nbc's jay gray reports from aurora. >> reporter: the focus on aurora today turned back to the suspect's apartment. prosecutors and james holmes' state-appointed defenders getting their first look inside, while back at the crime scene, a chain link fence went up around the theater, evidence teams continuing their search as mourners in this grieving city search for some comfort in the wake of the tragedy. >> it's just a feeling of sadness and such loss. such loss for all the families. >> reporter: families like the teves. >> he was one of the best sons any man could ever have, and i've been honored to know him. >> reporter: when the shooting started, 24-year-old alex teves threw his mom and girlfriend to the floor and died, shielding them from the bullets. >> god sent me an angel, not just that night, but for two and a half years. he sent me an angel. >> reporter: emotions continu
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Jul 25, 2012 4:30am PDT
in the aurora theater massacre. the suspect james holmes remains in solitary confinement this morning. police are analyzing evidence found in his apartment. the suspect james holmes remains as i said in confinement. we're having problems. investigators in the mean time the star there you see the star of the batman movie made a surprise visit to the hospital. he went to the memorial site near the theater leaving flowers and standing in silence. >> everyone is impressed with his sincerity. so he was sincere of why he was here. >> there are stories of hope. caleb was injured while protecting his pregnant wife from the gunman and on tuesday she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. >> a bit of sunshine in a tough story. >> some officials are joining that fight over the state's water supply. governor brown wants to install two huge pipes beneath the bay delta. it supplies water to millions of people from the bay area down to southern california but compton pumping has damaged the eco system and threatened fish species. another concern is the fragile levees surrounding the delta. some are more than 100
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Jul 26, 2012 4:00am PDT
. law enforcement officials say james holmes mailed a package to the school he attended containing detailed writings about killing people. nbc's jay gray has details. >> reporter: federal agents tell nbc news, james holmes, the suspect in the movie theater massacre, told them where to find what could be key evidence in the case. the former neuroscience graduate student apparently told investigators about a package he had sent to the university of colorado's medical campus in aurora. police found that package on monday unopened in the school's mail room. inside they discovered what's described as handwritten details about killing people. as the investigation continues, so does the mourning here. >> i'm overwhelmed by the tragedy of all of this and the senselessness of all of it, and, i mean, good people taken. >> reporter: people like 51-year-old gordon cowden. the oldest victim of the massacre took his two teenaged daughters to the movie. they survived. he was laid to rest, the first of at least 12 funerals for victims of the attack. after the chaos and killing at the theater, ther
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